Saturday, August 23, 2014

Rocky Mountain National Park Day 4

Woke up this morning, looked out the widow and saw a mist over the entire lake. Looked five minutes later and Grand Lake and all the mountains behind it were gone. We were inside a big cloud. Very cool!!!

When it cleared Barbara walked again down to the rapids. I wrote for about half an hour. Very peaceful.

After breakfast we went to Bowen-Baker trail. I do believe this is my new favorite. A gradual climb up into a national forest. Very few people. Very green and lush. The sounds were indescribable - water in the river, birds in the canopy, even the growl of something I think was a bear. The path was soft underfoot and the company (my wife Barbara) was exceptional.On the way back we saw a moose along the road (with calf).

Went back and had lunch overlooking Grand Lake. Very nice.

In the afternoon rented a kayak and went out onto the lake for an hour.

Barbara took a nap. I took my computer out onto the tables overlooking the lake and wrote for about an hour. Soul-restoring time.

Went back into the park in late afternoon, herds of elk with bunches of babies, more moose, and a particularly beautiful deer with velvet antlers. The deer did that thing that gazelles do, just bounced across the road and off into a meadow. Never walked a step.

Watched the lake as the sun went down and the stars came out.

Good night.

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